SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters embraced the idea of building the nation's first real high-speed rail system, which promised to whisk travelers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours, a trip that can take six hours or more by car. Eight years after they approved funding for it, construction is years behind schedule and legal, financial and logistical delays plague the $68 billion project.
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council began an emergency meeting on North Korea's rocket launch on Sunday, and diplomats said they expected the 15-nation body to condemn Pyongyang and redouble efforts to agree on new sanctions. Speaking to reporters ahead of the closed-door session, France's U.N. ambassador, Francois Delattre, described North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket on Sunday as an "outrageous provocation." "That's why weakness is not an option," he said. Asked about plans for a Security Council resolution to impose sanctions following a North Korean nuclear test last month, Delattre said: "The sooner the better, the firmer the better." British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday he had spoken with his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, and both had agreed the Council should take strong action against North Korea.